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Scot Baker of Baker Props, got his dad a ride on Miss Thriftway during Spring Training 2009 on Lake Washington in Seattle. He made the Miss Thriftway prop. Now that's a good son!
Bill Muncey was driving Miss Thriftway in the Gold Cup, then in Seattle. He lost a rudder and ran into a Coast Guard Cutter, which sunk.
The 1960 Miss Burien, 1975 Oh Boy! Oberto, 1955 Miss Thriftway, 1962 Miss Bardahl, and 1960 Miss Century 21 were all out together as the Hydroplane and Raceboat Musuem held their annual "Fun Day" at Lake Chelan, WA.
This year's Columbia Cup will have some very old boats and some very new boats. There will be three new unlimited hydroplanes and four rookie drivers. And some great looking vintage boats, some restored - some built new. "For these old timers like us, it brings back a lot of good memories," said Steve Compton, U-60 Thriftway owner.
Owner Ed Cooper and his wife drove the U-3 Chrysler Jeep unlimited hydroplane all the way from Evansville, Indiana. Dragging the 14-and-a-half foot boat across the highways to get here isn't easy. "We stay out of drive throughs," said Cooper.